Danny O'Shea (footballer)

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Danny O'Shea
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-03-26) 26 March 1963 (age 54)
Place of birth Newington, London, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1978–1980 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1983 Arsenal 6 (0)
1983 Charlton Athletic (loan) 9 (0)
1983–1985 Exeter City 45 (2)
1985–1989 Southend United 118 (12)
1989–1995 Cambridge United 203 (1)
1995–1997 Northampton Town 80 (1)
1995 Wimbledon (loan) 0 (0)
1997 Rushden & Diamonds
1997–1998 Aylesbury United
1998–1999 Canvey Island
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Daniel "Danny" O'Shea (born 26 March 1963) is an English former professional footballer who made 461 appearances in the Football League in a career that lasted more than 15 years.[1]


O'Shea, born in Newington, London, came through the Arsenal youth system to make his league debut on 30 October 1982 in a goalless draw at home to Birmingham City,[2] and played 9 times in all competitions for the Highbury outfit between 1982 and 1983.[3] He also had a loan spell with Charlton Athletic before making a permanent move to Exeter City where he established himself as a regular first teamer and made 45 league appearances, scoring twice.[1]

Predominantly a midfield player who moved into defence later in his career, in August 1985 he joined Southend United, where he spent four years and played 139 games in all competitions, scoring 12 goals.[4] Released at the end of the 1988–89 season on a free transfer, he signed for Cambridge United together with Southend team-mate Martin Robinson. While Robinson only spent a season at the Abbey Stadium, O'Shea stayed until 1995, playing a major role in the success the club enjoyed in nearly reaching the Premier League under manager John Beck. O'Shea captained the United side as they played a FA Cup quarter-final tie at his old club Arsenal in 1991, though he ended on the losing side that day.[5]

After playing more than 250 games for the club[6] and having a spell as player-coach when Gary Johnson took charge, O'Shea left the club in 1995. Following this, he joined Northampton Town as player-assistant manager to former Cambridge United manager Ian Atkins.[7] During the Summer of 1995 O'Shea made an appearance on loan in Wimbledon's ill-fated Intertoto Cup campaign, though did not do enough to earn a full-time contract with the Premier League club. He played a further 80 league games for Cambridge before moving into non-league football in 1987 first with Rushden & Diamonds, then Aylesbury United and Canvey Island.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Danny O'Shea". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 13 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Danny O'Shea Arsenal FC". Football Heroes. Sporting Heroes Collections. Retrieved 13 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Danny O'Shea". Arsenal Player Database. Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 13 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Danny O'Shea". Southend United database. Retrieved 13 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "CUFC DVDs". Cambridge United F.C. 13 December 2007. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Danny O'Shea". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  7. ^ a b Flatman, Barry (17 February 2008). "Caught in time: Cambridge United's rise under John Beck, 1990". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 13 November 2009. 

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